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CDE

Centre for Distance Education

Collaborative Tools Evaluation Project

Contents

  • definitions of major techniques;

  • listings of current products;

  • reports of their conclusions.

The highest priority is given to software that can be downloaded from the internet and used at no cost.

New product categories will be added, and the existing ratings updated.

 

Asynchronous Synchronous
Text-based

Discussion/ bulletin boards
   (delayed response)

Chat/ Messaging
   (instant response)

Audio/ video

Voice/ video-mail

Audio-conferencing

Video-conferencing

Polling

w/ delayed feedback

w/ instant feedback

Delivery

Course Management Systems

 

Intended Audience

The site is designed to help distance educators and their students to select appropriate methods of course development and delivery. Athabasca University (AU) in Alberta is Canada's Distance Education University, teaching over 30,000 students around the world, completely via distance education methods and media. The evaluation site is maintained by AU's Centre for Distance Education (CDE), as a collaborative activity by its faculty and graduate students.

 

Disclaimer

The selection of software reviewed on the site is completely impartial, and no reviews on the site are by persons with any commercial interest in the products reviewed. The reviewers do not claim the selection of software to be exhaustive, nor that the reviews take account of the most up-to-date versions of the software. Suggestions for products to be added to the site's review base are welcomed.

 

 

CDE - Last updated MM June 14, 2011

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